LSCPA ends long break with win

Published 11:48 pm Friday, December 30, 2016

It wasn’t pretty, but Lamar State College Port Arthur sophomore Petar Radojicic and the Seahawks will take it.

LSCPA shrugged off 26 turnovers Friday and defeated Lone Star College-Cy Fair 91-80 in the first day action of the New Year’s Classic.

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The Seahawks face North American at 4 p.m. today. Victoria College and Cy Fair meet at 2 p.m.

Radojicic set a career high in points with 30 and put in a double-double with 13 rebounds.

“We will take it,” Radojicic said. “We had a long break for Christmas. It was about two weeks. It was tough and I felt pretty sore. We will take this win.”

It has been 23 days since the Seahawks (8-3) lost to Navarro College 69-59.

The first half certainly was not a good one for the Seahawks, who fell behind 10 with 10:49 left.

Cy Fair’s Nicholas Williams knocked down a jumper to give the visiting Falcons a 27-17 lead.

The Seahawks were able to start chipping away at the lead behind three-pointers from Chase Rutledge and the inside play of Radojicic.

Rutledge finished with 14 points.

A three-point play by Radojicic gave LSCPA a 44-42 lead with 55 seconds left in the first half but the Falcons scored the next five points to take a 47-44 lead at the break.

The game remained close through the first part of the second half as neither team was able to pull away.  That is until Chol Luk hit a three with 12:58 left to give the Seahawks the lead for good.

LSCPA twice pushed the lead up to 13 during the last half of the final frame.

The Seahawks led 77-64 with 6:34 remaining in the game after a bucket by Keion Farrington and then went up 89-76 with 1:39 on the clock after a layup by Ryan Abel of Port Neches-Groves.

Abel finished with seven points, nine rebounds and three assists. Bradley Ficken had 10 assists for the Seahawks who finished with 27 of them for the game compared to nine for the Falcons.

Cy Fair was much better with the basketball and only turned it over nine times.

“We were definitely a bit rusty,” Radojicic said. “It felt pretty good to get back on the court. We were sore but we had to push through tonight. Tomorrow is a new day and a new game. We had our ups and downs tonight. I think we will figure it out tomorrow.”

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Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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